a main road, especially one between towns or cities: the highway between Los Angeles and Seattle.
any public road or waterway.
any main or ordinary route, track, or course.

Nearby words

  1. hightail,
  2. hightail it,
  3. highty-tighty,
  4. highveld,
  5. highwall,
  6. highway code,
  7. highway contract route,
  8. highway patrol,
  9. highway robbery,
  10. highwayman

Origin of highway

before 900; Middle English heyewei, Old English heiweg. See high, way1

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British Dictionary definitions for highway



a public road that all may use
mainly US and Canadian law a main road, esp one that connects towns or cities
a main route for any form of transport
a direct path or course
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Word Origin and History for highway



Old English heahweg "main road from one town to another;" see high (adj.) in sense of "main" + way. High street (Old English heahstræte) was the word before 17c. applied to highways and main roads, whether in the country or town, especially one of the Roman roads. In more recent usage, it generally is the proper name of the street of a town which is built upon a highway and was the principal street of the place.

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